FAQR Field Research

The Field Research Studies and Research Protocol work stream focuses on work in Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, and Malawi.

Field Research Studies

The Field Research Studies and Research Protocol team aims to:

  • Develop research protocols and implement field research studies on food aid products;
  • Analyze data and, in conjunction with other team members, disseminate results through academic publications, conference presentations, workshops, and reports,
  • Conduct field studies in three countries,, each with a slightly different aim:
    • Malawi – Aim: Determine the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of changes in CSB ration quantity, packaging and messaging among caregivers of children enrolled in a MAM treatment program. Status: field study complete; manuscript accepted for publication
    • Burkina Faso – Aim: Determine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of four supplementary foods in the prevention of stunting and wasting in children aged 6 to 23 months. Children participating in a blanket supplementary feeding program for pregnant and lactating women and children 6-23 months are eligible for enrollment when the ration gets transferred from the mother to the child, typically when the child is 6 months old. Children are followed monthly during their time in the program (usually 18 months), and for three subsequent months post-intervention. Data are also collected on behavioral practices relating to supplement use. Status: Data collection complete. Currently cleaning data in the field.
    • Sierra Leone – Aim: Examine the effectiveness and cost- effectiveness of four foods in the treatment of MAM. This cluster-randomized, intent-to-treat clinical effectiveness study will enroll children six months to five years of age with mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) greater than or equal to 11.5 cm and less than 12.5 cm without bipedal oedema. Admitted children will receive one of the four supplementary food rations for up to 12 weeks, with follow-up thereafter to assess relapse. Among other elements, the study will capture sharing practices in the home and the effectiveness of social and behavior change communication.  Three sub-studies are also planned in the following areas: body composition, environmental enteric dysfunction (EED), and neurocognitive development.

One-Page Briefs

Body Composition Sub-Study Summary (Sierra Leone)

Environmental Enteric Dysfunction Sub-Study Summary (Sierra Leone)

Neurocognitive Sub-Study Summary (Sierra Leone)

Feasibility Study Report (Malawi) 



Counseling Cards for Preparation and Consumption

Corn Soy Blend Plus 

Corn Soy Whey Blend

Ready-to-use-Supplementary Food

Super Cereal Plus with Amylase



FAQR's Malawi Field Study featured in July 2017 Issue 55 Field Exchange, Emergency Nutrition Network, see page 26.

Questions about this work stream? Contact (Malawi) Devika Suri at devika.suri@tufts.edu, (Burkina Faso) Ilana Cliffer at  Ilana.cliffer@tufts.edu and (Sierra Leone) Stacy Griswold at stacy.griswold@tufts.edu


Burkina Descriptives EB 2017

Cliffer, I., Langlois, B., Suri, D., Shen, Y., Walton, S., Nikiema, L., Lanou, H., Garanet, F., Webb, P., and Rogers, B.

Cooking Instruction Development and Acceptability Tests of Corn-Soy Blend Porridges: Pujehun District, Sierra Leone

Quee D., Tucker H., Koroma M., Griswold S., Walton S., Suri D., Langlois B., Rogers B.

Effective delivery of social and behavior change communication through a Care Group model in a supplementary feeding program

Lauren Wilner, Devika J. Suri, Breanne K. Langlois, Shelley Marcus Walton and Beatrice Lorge Rogers

Feasibility and Acceptability Study of Corn Soy Blend and Fortified Vegetable Oil in Malawi, Report to USAID from the Food Aid Quality Review

Rogers, B.; Maganga, G.; Walton, S.; Jayson, L.; Passarelli, S.; Suri, D.; Langlois, B.; Chui, K.; Ho K.; Boiteau, J.; Ignowski, E.; Rosenberg, I.; Vosti, S.; Webb, P.

Malawi Experiences of Caregivers EB 2017

Langlois, B., Suri, D., Shen, Y., Walton, S., Guevara Alvarez, G., Moses, K., and Rogers, B.

Malawi SBCC EB 2017

Wilner, L., Suri, D., Langlois, B., Walton, S., and Rogers, B.

Self-report vs. direct measures for assessing corn soy blend porridge preparation and feeding behavior in a moderate acute malnutrition treatment program in southern Malawi

Breanne K. Langlois, Devika J. Suri, Lauren Wilner, Shelley Marcus Walton, Kwan Ho Kenneth Chui, Kristine R. Caiafa & Beatrice Lorge Rogers